The Journal News, which recently published a list of local gun owners’ names and addresses, has hired armed guards to patrol its grounds after editors received an inordinate amount of negative emails and phone calls. According to a police report obtained by The Rockland County Times, a private security company is “doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article.”
The report said that the Journal News’ editor, Caryn McBride, complained of “negative correspondence” earlier, but police didn’t consider anything that McBride came across as threatening. McBride did receive a note from one reader who that wondered “what McBride would get in her mail now,” but apparently that’s no big deal.
When McBride didn’t get what she perceived as an appropriate response from the police, the paper decided to ask the private security company to step in.
It’s difficult to tell if the Journal News and McBride are overreacting — and if even if they aren’t, is adding more guns to the mix ever a good thing? Either way, as of now there have been no incidents at the Journal News. Let’s keep it that way.